|Full name||Verein für Laufspiele Sportfreunde
Lotte e.V. von 1929
|2015–16||Regionalliga West, 1st (promoted)|
|Website||Club home page|
VfL Sportfreunde Lotte is a German association football club from Lotte, North Rhine-Westphalia. The football team is part of a sports club with approximately 1400 members and departments for handball, walking, gymnastics, and swimming, as well as other activities.
The association was established as the gymnastics club Turnverein Lotte in 1929. After World War II the club was re-established as VfL Sportfreunde Lotte on 9 February 1946 and was built around football and handball departments.
Lotte won its way to the Verbandsliga Westfalen (V) in 1996 and after a title there in 2004 was promoted to the Oberliga Westfalen (IV), later Regionalliga West. They won that league in 2012–13 but lost the promotion game to RB Leipzig. The season after, in 2013–14, the club finished in second place. It won the Regionalliga West once more in 2015–16 and, after defeating Waldhof Mannheim in the play-off, earned promotion to the 3. Liga for the first time.
Sportfreunde plays their home matches in the Frimo Stadion (formerly the Sportpark am Lotter Kreuz) which holds 10,059 spectators.
- Manfred Wölpper (2008)
- Maik Walpurgis (2008–2013)
The club's honours:
- Regionalliga West
- Verbandsliga Westfalen
- Champions: 2004
- Landesliga Westfalen
- Champions: 1996
- Bezirksliga Westfalen
- Champions: 1989
- Westphalia Cup
- Winners: 2015
- As of 26 October 2016
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- "Regensburg, Lotte und Zwickau steigen in die 3. Liga auf" (in German). Retrieved 29 May 2016.
- Official team site
- Das deutsche Fußball-Archiv historical German football league tables (in German)
- Racism accusations against SF Lotte players
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